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How might we help individuals shape the culture around them in a university? [ Workshop Challenge ] #27
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At a glance
OpenCon this year will include workshops focused on advancing region-specific issues in Open Research and Open Education. In one of these workshops we’re proposing and going to be working through the question “How might we help individuals shape the culture around them in a university?”
We’re interested in this because too often we find ourselves and our peers wanting to make a change towards greater openness but we are faced with inertia or pushback that feels outside our control. For example, we may wish to publish in an open-access journal but find ourselves up against the demand to publish in prestigious closed-access journals in order to have the best chance of pursuing an academic career. Or we may want to use something better than Microsoft Word to write our papers but we find it hard to do this efficiently when we need to request feedback from our supervisor who only uses Word. We would like to help give open advocates the agency to drive small changes in the culture directly around them, which may help build broader culture change over time.
During the workshop (as well as before—and after!) we invite anyone to help tackle this challenge. You don’t need to be part of the workshop — or conference to share your thoughts and ideas!
If you will be with us in Berlin, here are the links to our sessions on Sched:
We’ll keep this issue up to date with anything we do or learn.
How can you contribute?
Anyone can contribute to these efforts. The place to start in helping us more deeply understand the challenge from more angles. We’ve started the effort in this Google Document and we invite you to jump in and share any thoughts. Before the workshop, we’ll use that document to help make sure our theme has the right emphasis and help plan the workshop.
During the workshop, we’ll be following a plan that looks something like this. We’re still working on ironing out the final agenda details, but at the start of the session, we’ll confirm exactly what we’ll do and walk everyone through it.
For those not in the room, subscribe to this issue (click on the subscribe button to the right). We’ll post our outputs and notes here immediately after every session!
If you have an idea or comment to share that isn’t in the problem refinement exercise and that you think won’t be covered in the workshop, we’d love to hear from you in the Github comments below.
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